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THE 'AZAMABlB SAUtE.                      .                      31
tie name with whom they are acquainted.' But, as with the oilier buildings of
the same character, its real founder was a local governor, 'Azam . Khan Mir
Muhammad Bakir, also called Iradat Kh&n, who was faujdar of Haihnrd from
1642 to 1645. In the latter year he was superseded in office, as his age had
rendered him unequal to the task of suppressing the constant outbreaks against
the Government, and in 1648 he died.* As the new road does not pass im-
mediately under the walls of the sare, it had ceased to be of any use to tra-
vellers ; and a few years ago, it was to a great extent demolished and the ma-
terials used in paving the streets of the adjoining city. Though there was little
or no architectural embellishment, the foundations were most securely laid,
reaching down below the ground as many feet as the superstructure which
they supported stood above it. Of this ocular demonstration was recently
afforded, for one of the villagers in digging came upon what h hoped would
prove the .entrance to a subterranean treasure chamber; but deeper excavations
showed it to be only one of the line of arches forming the foundation of the
same wall. The original mosque is still standing, but is little used for reli-
gious purposes, as the village numbers only nine Muhammadans in a population
of 343. They all live within the old ruinous enclosure.
* For thii and sereral other facts gathered from the Fenian chronicles* I was Indebted to
the late Mr, Blochmamn, the Secretary of the Calcntta Asiatic Societj, a gentleman whose know-
ledge of Muhammadaa Mstory and literature was m unlimited aa was the courtesy with which h
communicated it.